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In one week, we leave for 4 days to attend the Lakes of Fire Festival in Michigan.  I am attending with a group of people in a themed campsite – Gothee House, a goth coffee house.  Everyone is contributing time and resources to help this camp become realized.  My contribution thus far as has been the chalkboard.


We made it using a 2 by 4 foot sheet of plywood and a handy can of chalkboard paint.  I added 3 coats, and I think it’s going to work lovely.  The darker black on the two edges is simple black acrylic paint so we can drill holes without damaging the chalkboard surface.  The decals were a total experiment, and I’m glad they turned out well.  I wanted to add some sort of gothic border to the board to make it interesting.  I found some stencils at a craft store and debated the color of paint to use for a while.  The gold really pops.  I’m a little bummed that the lines of the scroll-work isn’t clear in all of them.  It was difficult to keep it clean and prevent the paint from dripping.  I took a wet Q-tip and tried my best to thin some of the lines and clean up stray dots of paint.  Some parts of the board, while not showing gold directly, appear to glimmer if you look at them from an angle where the glitter from the paint has dried.  I have 10 small signs left to make, also chalkboard, and I’m not sure if I’m going to add any stencil detail.  I think I should, but I suppose it all boils down to how much time I have.

I also have a ton of pillow cases to sew and about 25 candles to make (I’ve never made candles before, this is exciting!) And we leave on Thursday.

This weekend is the Custer Street Fair here in Evanston.  I am face painting, like I have done for the past few years.  I’m looking forward to it.  The fact that I am no longer doing fairy costuming at shows is still new for me, and I find myself in moments of panic, thinking I’m not ready, not ready, not ready.  I have to take a deep breath and remind myself that I have everything I need, and I have to breathe deep.



In between all this prep work for Lakes of Fire and Custer, I am churning out crocheted roses for consignment at a friend’s shop.  I have more projects I’m working on, but very intermittently.  I don’t think I will be able to get to my leisure knitting and pattern production for about two weeks, which kind of makes me sad and a little irritable.

I’m going to try to write about the candles and the sewing and definitely the fair, but if the blog goes dark over the next week or so, at least you will know that it is because of a hectic flurry of craft activity over here, and I will have loads to tell you when I return!


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